Ambulante is a travelling documentary film festival carried out by the non-profit organization Documental Ambulante A.C , in collaboration with Canana, Cinepolis and the Morelia International Film Festival. It was created in 2005 by Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna, and Pablo Cruz, with the purpose of promoting the exhibition of documentaries in Mexico, as well as documentary production. During the tour, both Mexican and international documentaries are shown in Cinepolis theatres and more than 100 additional venues, in several cities around the country, between February and May every year.
The festival’s different sections investigate and examine social and cultural issues, which are brought to the attention of a wide range of spectators across the country. The program also includes parallel screenings and activities with guest filmmakers, film industry professionals, academics, and representatives of non-profit organizations. Ambulante has also extended its horizons by presenting programs from past editions in countries like Argentina, Norway, Cuba, Spain, United Kingdom, Japan, and Tanzania.
Ambulante is a non-competitive festival which gives a percentage of its box income or a flat fee to the owners of the rights of the documentaries. The Festival and its associates believe that cinema can be a tool for change and contribute to promote basic human rights. For this reason, it has developed strategic alliances with both contributors and associates; every stage of the festival, including fundraising, attempts to be consistent with its mission and values.